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Clarity on Clara Everything about Clara is repeated. Not just phrases and names, but repeated numbers, repeated words, colours (red) and flowers (roses) and items (like the umbrella). Look for them. They’re there. Or try Pinterest. Some suggest Clara is the daughter … Continue reading
Writing is adopting wabi and sabi while using both matiere and san. And working out what they mean.
Steven Moffat. So very, very clever. He made Dr Who into a fairy story or, if you like, a myth, but not about the ever-continuing adventures of a mad man with a box, no. It’s a parable about writing, which … Continue reading
There is no such thing as an emerging butterfly. There are caterpillars and there are butterflies. I don’t know what an ‘emerging writer’ is, but whenever I apply for things or look at entries, I’m not it. Not enough publications, … Continue reading
Ten Commandments for the Novelist
1. Thou shalt not write with one ear to the cash register, for the clink of coin may deafen thee to the rhythm of thine own prose.
2. Thou shalt not have contempt for thy readers. They may yet write rings around thee.
3. Neither shalt thou befuddle them with obfuscations thou understandeth not thyself.
4. Thou shalt not covet the success of thy neighbours: neither style, nor plots nor characterisations, nor royalties.
5. Honour thy language and write earnestly. Master the tools of thy trade and be as good a joiner in words as a master carpenter is in wood.
6. Be not hasty after the plaudits of the multitude, for they will pursue thee in thy measure and worth, and though they come not quickest to those that are lacking in greed, yet they stay the longest.
7. Despise not those masters who came before thee, and neither do thou worship them blindly.
8. Thou shalt not pose nor regard thyself as anointed, for the seeds of talent are as the sands on the seashore and ten thousand may spring into bloom and expose thee for a weed.
9. Thou shalt not look away from life about thee, for in it lie thy roots and thy nourishment.
10. Write from the depths of thy soul and men (sic) will know thee from its quality.
Adapted from Louis Zara and quoted from – Birmingham, Frederic S. The Writers Craft Arthur Barker Ltd, London: 1959.
One year of MA down. Summer semester over and a new one just begun, to quote from the classics. It was more gruelling than expected. Perhaps because summer kinda felt like it should have been holiday time and I was slaving over … Continue reading